- Last Updated: Friday, 07 December 2018 15:07
Welcome to Drivers ED,Driver Education, or DE, this is NOT your High School Drivers ED! This is an opportunity to improve your driving skills by learning to drive your car safely at above average speed on a closed circuit road course, some of which are professional tracks you see on TV. As a novice DE participant, you will drive with an instructor, who will teach you the safest, smoothest and most consistent way to drive as quickly as you both feel is safe for the conditions and your skill level at that time. Entry qualification is prior track time or through our March or September High Performance Driving Clinic. Autocross School and participation can count as well.
DE is not racing, but Potomac does sponsor the longest running annual Club Race and just hosted it's 25th annual race this year. You can read more about the Club Race here.
DE differs from racing in several important ways. DE provides drivers with a learning environment where the goal is to improve your individual driving skills in a safe and fun way. The order in which drivers start or finish a DE session is irrelevant. Racing provides drivers with a competitive environment where the goal is to beat the other drivers across the finish line. DE stresses learning in a safe environment by permitting cars to pass other cars only in straight sections of the track that are specifically designated as passing zones, and even then a car can pass only after receiving permission from the car being passed that it is safe to do so. To further increase the safety of the learning environment in a DE, course workers are positioned around the track to help you see obstacles on and off the road surface, slippery course conditions, potential mechanical issues with your car, and actions that appear to be inconsistent with the safe learning environment that DE stresses.
The goals in DE are 1) to be safe, 2) to have fun, and 3) to learn about driving your Porsche smoothly and consistently. And you will learn. Threshold braking, cornering techniques, "the line", "heel and toe" and vehicle dynamics are among the topics taught on the track and in classroom sessions by fellow Porsche owners and expert drivers. We are a social club, and new participants are welcome, we also are not Porsche exclusive.
Potomac DE specific Tech Form is required for Potomac DE's, then form can be found here: Tech Inspection Form
To learn more about DE read our FAQ Page.
Provisional Drivers' Education Schedule for 2019
Not all contracts with tracks have been signed so these dates are provisional - registration will be available, most likely in January
|Saturday March 9th||Instructor and Instructor Candidates Refresher, Jefferson Circuit. Candidates by invitation|
|Sunday March 10th||HPDC - Jefferson Circuit|
|Friday March 15th - Sunday March 17th||Zone 2 VIR|
|Friday March 28th||National Instructor and Instructor Day Summit Point Main. Candidates by Invitation|
|Saturday - Sunday March 30th & 31st||DE - Summit Point Main|
|Friday May 3rd - Sunday May 5th||DE - Pitt Race|
|Saturday - Sunday June 1st & 2nd||DE - Shenandoah|
|Friday June 14th - Sunday June 16th||DE - Watkins Glen|
|Friday July 12th - Sunday July 14th||DE - Summit Point Main|
|Friday August 2nd - Sunday August 4th||DE - Porschefest - Summit Point Main|
|Friday August 30st - Sunday September 1st||DE - VIR / Happy Hour (Fri & Sat)|
|Saturday September 7th||HPDC - Jefferson Circuit|
|Friday October 25th||DE Volunteer Appreciation Day - Summit Point Main|
|Saturday - Sunday October 26th & 27th||DE - Summit Point Main|
Drivers' Education Team
Bob Mulligan & Susan Kimmett
Dan Dazzo, Steve Wilson, & Don Mattran
John Vrankovich & Dave Diquollo
Chris Mantzuranis & Diane Sullenberger
Tim Kearns, Steve Vetter, & Michael Handelman & Stephan Kiraly